Tanya Talaga to deliver 2018 CBC Massey Lectures

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward will explore issues of Indigenous youth suicide in communities in Canada and beyond.
Tanya Talaga is a journalist with the Toronto Star and author of the award-winning nonfiction book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City. (Steve Russell)

Tanya Talaga, an investigative journalist at the Toronto Star, will deliver the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures. The series, titled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, will explore the issues surrounding Indigenous youth suicide in Canada and internationally. The lectures will be based on the work Talaga did as the 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy.

Through five lectures, Talaga will examine the cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples, including the impact of the loss of traditional languages and a forced disconnection to the land. The series will also explore how Indigenous communities have begun to heal and develop suicide prevention strategies through a strengthened relationship to land and language.

Talaga is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City, a book about seven Indigenous high school students — Jordan Wabasse, Kyle Morrisseau, Curran Strang, Robyn Harper, Paul Panacheese, Reggie Bushie and Jethro Anderson — who died between 2000 and 2011 in Thunder Bay, Ont. Talaga writes about the racism these young people endured while separated from their families and communities. Seven Fallen Feathers won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize, an annual $30,000 award that recognizes the best in Canadian literary nonfiction.

Tour dates will be announced in August 2018. The lectures will take place in September and October 2018, and will be broadcast on Ideas in November 2018.

The book version of the lectures, published by House of Anansi Press, will be available in September 2018.

The 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, were delivered by Payam Akhavan. The series explored several contemporary human rights struggles and examined what we can do about it.

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